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Arts at OneSouthCarolina 2013 cont'd

Mac Arnold, blues musician, Pelzer. Mac Arnold is a renowned blues musician and recording artist whose love of the blues began at the age of ten when he learned to play his brother’s homemade guitar. His musical resume grew with his high school band, J Floyd and the Shamrocks, who often had guest pianist, James Brown, lend his talent to their performances. Mac’s passion for music led him to pursue a professional music career in Chicago with artist and saxophonist A.C. Reed. In 1966, he joined the legendary Muddy Waters Band which helped shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60s and early 70s. Mac played on John Lee Hooker’s live album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, and Otis Spann’s classic recording, Blues Is Where It’s At. After more than a year with Muddy Waters, Mac formed the Soul Invaders which backed up many artists, including The Temptations and B. B. King.  In the early 70s, he moved to Los Angeles to work at ABC Television and LAFF RECORDS (Redd Foxx).  He worked on the set of Soul Train from 1971 to 1975 and then with Bill Withers (“Lean On Me”) before moving back to South Carolina in the 80s where he has formed his own band, Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues. In 2010 he accepted the award for Best Historical Album for his participation in the 1966 recording, Muddy Waters – Authorized Bootleg: Live at the Fillmore Auditorium (Geffen Records).

Clay Burnette, basket maker and scarf maker, Columbia. Clay Burnette has been creating pine needle baskets for over 35 years and has exhibited his work in more than 225 shows throughout the United States. In 2000, his work was selected for inclusion in two significant exhibitions: Contemporary International Basketry, which opened in Manchester, England and toured the United Kingdom for two years; and 100 Years/100 Artists: Views of the 20th Century in South Carolina Art, exhibited at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. In 1987, he was the recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Craft Fellowship. Clay’s work is included in numerous public and private collections including The White House Christmas tree ornament collection; Columbia Museum of Art; The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte; South Carolina History Center; South Carolina State Art Collection; and the South Carolina State Museum. His most recent work can be seen in Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art, a regional exhibition that is touring the southeastern United States. His work is also part of a three-year exhibit at the United States Embassy in Dakar, Senegal as part of the United States Art in Embassies Program. In addition to basketmaking, Clay is also a handweaver and has a background in metalsmithing and pottery. He works from his fibers studio in Columbia.

Arianne King Comer, indigo and textile artist, North Charleston. Arianne King Comer resides in North Charleston as an artist, teacher, art consultant and indigo advocate. In 1992, Arianne received the United Nations/United States Information Service grant to study under the renowned Batik artist Nike Olyani Davis in Oshogbo, Nigeria, where her passion for indigo manifested. Arianne was owner of an indigo textile processing studio, Ibile Indigo House, from 1998-2003 on St. Helena Island on the South Carolina coast. This island linked Arianne’s knowledge of traditional African arts to its American counterpart, the art of the Lowcountry Gullah culture. She received her BFA from Howard University and has completed graduate courses in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art. 

Nathalie Dupree, Southern chef and author, Charleston. Nathalie is a best-selling author and James Beard Award winner. She has published 11 cookbooks and hosted more than 300 television shows for The Food Network, PBS, and The Learning Channel. (More) She has been prominently featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune as well as Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Better Homes and Garden, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. She has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Morning Show, and CNN Good Morning. She has been a spokesperson for Wild American Shrimp, The Catfish Institute and many other organizations. She currently writes for the Post and Courier in Charleston, as well as Charleston Magazine and other publications. She was recently named Grande Dame, the highest award from the leading women’s international culinary association, Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Quintin Middleton, bladesmith, Saint Stephen. Quintin Middleton has been crafting custom knives since 2003 and is the founder of Middleton Made Knives based in Saint Stephen, South Carolina, a small town outside of Charleston. His mentor and fellow South Carolina master bladesmith, Jason Knight, calls Quintin “the GQ craftsman, full of artistry, craftsmanship and style.” Other influential artists in his work include Jerry Hucks, Adam Derosier and the legendary Bob Kramer. Using high carbon steel, every knife is custom made to the exact specifications requested by the customer. Quintin puts great care into each piece and he stands by the simple philosophy that “every great chef needs a great knife, at a great price.”

Mike Vatalaro, ceramic artist, Greenville. Mike Vatalaro is a renowned ceramic artist, and professor emeritus and former chair, Clemson University art department. With numerous national and international exhibitions, Mike Valataro’s ceramic art reflects his interest in both Japanese and Chinese ceramic historical periods. After completing a sabbatical residency at the Taiwan National University of the Arts in 2008, his most recent work combines the glazed and unglazed finishes of ancient Japanese and Chinese pieces with his interest in high temperature firing methods, marrying historic aesthetics with his unique contemporary expression. Mike is an emeritus professor of art and former chair of the art department at Clemson University, where he taught for 35 years in the BFA and MFA ceramics programs. He has lectured and done workshops throughout the southeast and is currently making studio art full time. Mike has the distinction of having won the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Fellowship for Craft twice, in 1984 and 1994.